Fairthorne Update Number 4!

Hello from Fairthorne

We all woke up to blue skies and sunshine this morning which made a nice change after the rain. First activities were the crate challenge and vertical assault course. The assault course was great, and lots of us managed to reach the top which was no means feat. The crate challenge was good too and lots of us conquered our fears and stood on at least 8 crates.

Despite the torrential rain at lunchtime we spent an extra session in the sports hall playing games and then the final activity was the blind trail. A muddy walk through the woods with blind folds on which involved a lot of trust between each other.
Tonight, after roast chicken, it will be the campfire and then packing bags before bed. A cup of hot chocolate and a story and then a good night’s sleep before we come home tomorrow.

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Bye for now, from all at Fairthorne!

[Written by Mrs Dudley and Mr Thorns]


Fairthorne Update… Number 3!

Hello from Fairthorne!

Well as the sun has set on another fabulous day at the camp, children have had a fun filled day of adventurous pursuits, from outdoor den building and obstacle courses to an amazing session of indoor archery to hone their accuracy and bow skills!

The day began a little damp and windy, but nothing  could dampen the Holbrook spirit from creating some magnificent woodland structures to shelter  from a “storm” – whereby an instructor threw a large canister of water to “test” each of the dens! Much laughing and screaming were heard in equal measures!

Alongside this, the children also conducted teamwork games, working together and collaborating on several problems testing their initiative too! A lunch of giant warm sausage rolls and winter soup warmed everyone, ready for the outdoor obstacle course! This muddy-marathon of tires, barriers, a giant spiders web and swing rope over a swamp was enjoyed by all, with children throwing themselves in (literally) to each of the tasks. Parents would have been so proud – albeit they might have been shocked at how much mud, leaves and twigs could stick to their children! A great activity, with a highlight being the children cheering Mason R onwards as he beat Mr Burt around the course. Mason even stopped for a cheeky celebratory wave as he Tarzan’ed to victory over the gloopy swamp on a rope swing!

Other special mentions are deserved for Charlie and Reagan’s splashes into the swamp and Harvey’s superb shot knocking a ten-pin skittle off of a target from 15m away! Disco night tonight, after a hearty meal of meatballs and pasta with chocolate brownies to finish.

A huge thank you also to all you parents, who have provided such excellently prepared kit and resources, which have allowed the children to complete their activities come rain or shine. This has been exceptionally appreciated by the staff and instructors too.

Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne!

[Written by Mr Thorns & Mrs Dudley]

Fairthorne Update Number 2!

Good evening from Fairthorne!

Day 2 started wet and grey but a breakfast of sausages and hash browns soon raised our spirits. Group 1 headed off for the zip wire while group 2 went into the woods to find insects. The rain continued but everyone was doing their best to be their best and challenge themselves to attempt the zip wire, then the abseiling wall and finally the climbing wall.

Even Mr Burt abseiled and climbed the wall. Mrs Dudley and Mrs Ingledew were very busy taking photos!!

This evening, it’s fish and chips for tea then relay games in the hall. The instructors here have lots of enthusiasm and are proving to be a big hit with the children.  The teachers are hoping for an early night for everyone!
Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne Manor!
[Written by Mrs Dudley and Mr Thorns]

Year 4 Explore the Lost Thing Book!

Children have been working on hard on the book ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan. The story is about Shaun who enjoys collecting bottle tops for his bottle top collection. One day, while collecting bottle tops near a beach, he discovers a strange creature. This creature is referred to as “The Lost Thing” by the narrator.

The author has described The Lost Thing as a combination of an industrial boiler, a crab, and an octopus and we have encouraged the class to select adjectives to go with nouns and adding verbs for movements when they have describing an image of The Lost Thing:

A good description was: ‘The lid was spiky and the machine’s legs were yellow as rotten teeth!’

As the class has read through the book we have also focused on emotions of the characters featured in the story and the class has been developing their skills into describing how the characters feel by using the striking visual images featured in the story and short film.

This is one of the final scenes and the children having built up their writing skills, the children wrote a description of what was happening such as: ‘Back I stepped from the door, I felt sad for the Lost Thing because he can’t see me any more as the door closed.’

Great work Pelicans on this interesting book.

[Written by Mr Blows]

Science Transition at Bridgemary!

Today, those children who will be transitioning onto Bridgemary School next year had the opportunity to take part in a secondary school style Science lesson. 

The first thing the children noticed was that the classroom did not look like the classrooms at primary school and that actually it was more like a laboratory. The teacher made all of the children aware of the safety rules within the classroom before they had the chance to experiment with Bunsen Burners. The children set up, lit and used a Bunsen Burner correctly, which is a dangerous piece of equipment!

They all left feeling extremely excited about becoming scientists at secondary school.

[Written by Miss Trenchard & Dolphins]

Wales Adventure – Final Update 4!

Hello once again from Wales!

Yesterday saw groups tackle canoeing and mountaineering (making sure that everyone has had a chance over the week to do both amazing experiences) and the weather has continued to be “challenging”!

On the final full day of activities, children faced 50mph winds and torrential rain at 840 feet up the mountain! Clinging to bilberry plants on hands and knees, the children fantastically scaled the near vertical climb to reach the summit. Having survived, all then refuelled under an emergency shelter, while Mrs Shephard and Mrs Rattray lit a BBQ outside (as they couldn’t manage the claustrophobic conditions!). Further into the descent back down, Mrs Shephard fell over and rolled stylishly (like a commando-telly-tubby) in oversized waterproofs inflated by the wind – not her wind we might add. This group then faced a 1 mile walk through the abandoned railway tunnel through the hillside and a great time was had by all.

Meanwhile, Mrs Landon’s canoe group excelled at zig-zagging while travelling over the aqueduct. Mrs Landon then got stuck attempting to get out of her canoe, when her buoyancy aid became hooked on a branch (alas, we have not photos of this comedy moment!). Not to be put off, Mrs Landon continued by project managing the entire loading of canoes…. we fear that her poorly finger may have prevented her from lifting them.

The talent show last night ended a fantastic week. A special mention must go to Jenny L, who sang an amazing solo musical diary of her week in Wales. Very brave, exceptionally talented and captivated everyone. It was a very emotional performance too….

What a day – the children continue to impress everyone. A superb week for the Year 6’s – they have all shown excellent determination and collaboration to achieve, overcoming enormous personal hurdles along the way.

We all hope that the Blogs have been useful in giving everyone a small insight into life away from Holbrook at the residential. Thank you for all of your comments, feel free to continue leaving them below – we always love to hear what you think.

A final goodbye to everyone, from all in the Welsh Valleys. We shall see you all later today!

[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates from Mrs Sivier & Mr Plow]

Wales Adventure – Update 3

Hello from Wales!

Today saw children embark on yet more outdoor adventurous pursuits, including a gorge walk and caving. Having slept soundly through the night, children were awoken by fresh bacon sandwiches to fuel their day!

Despite a little more rain (well it wouldn’t be Wales without it!) the children really excelled themselves yet again. During the caving experience, loads of children were delivered “through the postbox” – first class of course! Even when it was dark and the challenges had to be overcome, the children helped each other through and the small and large gaps deep within the caves. The waterfalls were amazing (and extremely cold) but a fantastic time was had by all.

Also today, children had the opportunity to go ‘white-water-rafting’ on their bottoms, in a full and fast flowing river. This exhilarating experience left many of them screaming with laughter – at least the staff think it was laughter – and not outright terror!

Tomorrow, the adventures will continue. It seems that no amount of rain can dampen the Holbrook spirit and the children continue to enjoy their action packed week away from home.

Do keep an eye out for the next update, feel free to leave a comment below to let us know what you think along the way.

Bye for now, from all in the Welsh Valleys!

[Written by Mr Thorns ~ with updates from Mrs Sivier and Mr Plow]